They did it by sending rubidium atoms into free fall
From the forces that keep athletes twirling and sliding, to the weird laws governing the world of the very small, to the far-out concepts of time travel and alternate universes, physics covers a lot of interesting territory. Here, Live Science keeps you abreast of all the fascinating physics discoveries.Physics
Physicists have created the first-ever atomic vortex beam — a swirling tornado of atoms and molecules with mysterious properties that have yet to be understood.
Physicists sifting through old particle accelerator data have found evidence of a highly-elusive, never-before-seen process: a so-called triangle singularity.
The particles used were spooky virtual particles, conjured from a disturbance between two electromagnetic fields.
Despite the apocalyptic appearances, galactic mergers are a frequent and essential part of a galaxy’s life cycle.
Studying the particle could provide physicists with vital insight into the rules that govern how all matter is formed.
Scientists hope to use this new discovery to better understand how space-time warps and bends in the presence of massive objects like black holes.
A 150-year-old theory about an otherworldly shape proposed by Lord Kelvin, one of history's greatest physicists, has finally been put to the test — and his conjecture is now in doubt.
Scientists believe the ultra-fast object landed in a densely-forested area near the capital, Oslo. It could take up to ten years to find.
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Plans for thorium reactors have been around since the 1940s, but Chinese scientists believe they are finally close to creating a working prototype.
Astrophysicists say our universe might be shaped like a three-dimensional donut, meaning you could point a spaceship in one direction and eventually return to where you started.
Originally built to speed up calculations, a machine-learning system is now making shocking progress at the frontiers of experimental quantum physics
The researchers believe their new bendy ice strands could give us some important hints into how water ice behaves in its natural state.
Dark matter could be even weirder than anyone thought, say cosmologists who are suggesting this mysterious substance could interact with itself in a higher dimensional universe.